Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus)

Order: Falconiformes | Family: Falconidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

southern_caracara
Age: Adult |  Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Brazil

southern_caracara
Age: Adult |  Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Brazil

southern_caracara
Age: Adult |  Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Brazil

southern_caracara
Age: Adult |  Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Brazil


Identification & Behavior: ~57.5 cm (22.6 in). The Southern Caracara is mostly black with white neck and breast that grades to dusky barring. It has a black cap with a bushy crest and pale barred tail with a black terminal band. The cere and entire face is bright orange. The juvenile is a browner dull version of the adult. The plumage pattern is unmistakable, but see Harris’s Hawk. It does not overlap with the very similar Crested Caracara.

Status: The Southern Caracara is rare in the open habitats of extreme southeastern Peru in Pampas del Heath. It appears to be increasing in the Puerto Maldonado area and along large rivers in Southeast Peru. It also occurs in Br, Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Caracara Carancho.

Sub-species: Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus), J. F. Miller 1777.

Meaning of Name: Caracara: Tupi (Brazil) Caracara= indigenous onomatopoeia for the sound emitted by this bird in the Falcons family. plancus: L. plancus, plangos= eagle.

See more of the Family Falconidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.